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June 2016

How to set up work environment to become an OpenStack Developer?

Although there are developer and wiki guides on how to quickly create an OpenStack development environment, I found them bit overwhelming as a beginner. After reading various docs and taking help from some core-contributors in OpenStack, I came up with the following easy-to-follow guide. If you still face any problems, feel free to reach out by commenting below.

1. Install Ubuntu in an Oracle Virtual Box

A virtual machine(VM) is recommended because usually, we don’t want lots of dependencies installed in our everyday environment . A VM allows us to install all of our necessary dependencies without interfering with anything else on the system and at the same time, prevents others from interfering with us. Also, if at any point we mess up things, it becomes easier to start over from scratch.
Continue reading “How to set up work environment to become an OpenStack Developer?”


Depression – The secret battle I fought against myself

“According to the National Institute of Mental Health, depression is a common but serious mood disorder that causes severe symptoms that affect how one feels, thinks, and handles daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working.”

But having gone through Major Depressive Disorder, I can say it’s much…much worse. Worse than the image the above words or for that matter any words, can portray. It almost killed me! Statistics say, every 30 seconds, somewhere, someone is taking away his/her life because of “depression”.

I last swallowed antidepressants and sleeping pills about 4 months back and even today I can’t be more grateful to the little everyday joys which I would call blessings now:-

Taking one thyroxine pill vs. swallowing 13 pills everyday simply to function. Continue reading “Depression – The secret battle I fought against myself”

Outreachy Internship – What, Why and the How?


Before we dive into the article, a little about me – I am working in OpenStack on The Functional Testing Development for the Keystone Client Library, under the mentorship of Mr. Samuel de Medeiros Queiroz as an Outreachy May-Aug 2016 intern.

What is an Outreachy Internship?

Outreachy helps women (cis and trans), trans men, and gender-queer people (basically people of under-represented backgrounds) get involved in free and open source software by working remotely. Additionally, it is open to residents and nationals of the United States of any gender who are Black/African American, Hispanic/Latin@, American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander.

Outreachy internships were inspired in many ways by Google Summer of Code and by how few women applied for it in the past. Continue reading “Outreachy Internship – What, Why and the How?”

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